Maurice B. Shwayder Camp

Camp of Temple Emanuel

Top 10 Reasons to Go to Shwayder

Top 10 Reasons to Go to Shwayder

Here are some camper-favorite reasons to hop on one of our busses to join us on the ride to Mt. Evans:

10. Awesome Concerts!

Every session, we invite a Jewish rock star to put on a concert and lead music programming.  Campers have rocked out with Naomi Less, Sheldon Low, Michelle Citrin, Mikey Pauker, and many more!


Interested in hearing a preview of what our awesome concerts have to offer?  Click on this Jewish Rock Radio player to hear some of the artists who have performed at camp:


9. The Best Camp Food in the World

Seriously. Ask anybody.

8. Hone Your Archery Skills (or guitar skills, or frisbee skills, or…)

During both scheduled programming and free time, Shwayder offers endless opportunities to try new activities. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up discovering a skill worthy enough for our talent show!

7. Explore the Sublime Shwayder Valley

Every cabin spends one night out of camp on an overnight backpacking trip. You’ll see the most beautiful parts of our valley, and those who sign up for our optional overnight (for the truly adventurous) will discover some of Colorado’s most hidden gems.

6. Win it for your Team

A legendary camp favorite, “Embassy” is the highlight of many camper’s sessions. Experience the thrill of chasing your friends, finding the flag, and hoisting your colors in sweet victory!

5. Sunrise at Mount Evans

At the end of every session, our entering 9th & 10th grade campers wake up before the crack of dawn, ride up North America’s highest paved road to the peak of Mt. Evans (14,265 ft.). Few experiences can match the awe-inspiring view of the sun rising high above the Rocky Mountains.

4. Soar Between the Green of the Trees and the Blue of the Sky

Climb to the top of one of our 40 ft. high  lodge-poll pines and hook into a 300 ft. long zip line and JUMP! Our unique high-element ropes course built right into the forest combines our natural scenery with an  adrenaline filled ride.

3. Saddle Up

Hop on and explore Arapahoe National Forest mountain trails with one our 24 friendly horses! Learn how to take care of your horse, navigate the mountain, and ride in the arena.

2. Boogie on the Sabbath

Friday nights are not just holy at Shwayder; they’re the best night of the week! Sing and dance to your favorite Jewish songs all night long! Grab your cabin mates and join the crazy fun in one of our favorite Shabbat activities– Israeli Dancing!

1. Location, Location, Location

Quietly nestled at 10,200 feet on the side of Mt. Evans, we promise Shwayder is unlike any place you have ever been.


Summer Address:
P.O. Box 3899
Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452
PH: (303) 567-2722
FAX: (303) 567-0172

Winter Address:
51 Grape Street
Denver, Colorado 80220
PH: (303) 388-4013
FAX: (303) 388-6328

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Maurice B. Shwayder Camp of Temple Emanuel